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Do you want to be an ambassador for our region?

Be Here Ambassadors LogoWe have more than 25 community members signed up to help us spread the message of Be Here—that Venango County is a great place to live, work, and play!

Through our new Be Here Ambassador Program, we ask ambassadors to attend a training, taking only 1-2 hours, where we’ll provide them with information and resources for them to take throughout the community.

If you love the message of Be Here and want to help us spread it, you can learn more and sign up at We will be scheduling the training for late May.


Exciting Changes Coming to Oil City Businesses

KarmaBreakfast, lunch, and dinner—all served in downtown Oil City by Shaun and Marie Alcorn at multiple businesses—and this month, some changes are coming to Karma Coffee Company and Northside Eatery, moving the Alcorns and Oil City in a positive direction.

Beginning on Monday, March 19, all lunch operations through Northside Eatery will move to Karma Coffee Company, and Northside Eatery will become retail space. “We know the community perspective will be that a business is leaving,” said the Alcorns. “But it’s actually quite the opposite; we have outgrown our space at Northside Eatery and we are expanding in order to make room for continued growth.”

Northside Eatery customers will be able to enjoy the same great lunch menu they have grown to love, plus some new options, such as fresh cut french fries. With Corey, head chef at Northside Eatery, and Jaime, manager at Karma Coffee Company, now working together, customers can expect unique and delicious lunch specials, including vegan and vegetarian options. Because lunch will be served within Karma Coffee Company, the option to order a custom-made drink or a pastry with lunch will be available, too.

The space at Karma Coffee Company will provide the opportunity for more efficiency and additional seating, and the rustic Northside Eatery tables will be relocated to the front of Karma Coffee Company. The location is just a few buildings down from where Northside Eatery sits and customers can enter through both Elm Street and Seneca Street.

“Nothing is going away,” said the Alcorns. “If anything, our offerings are getting better.”

Karma Coffee Company will continue to offer brunch on the weekend, as well as catering for events and meetings, hosted throughout the area or held in their back room. Recently, they have introduced more locally sourced items to their menus, including, pork, chicken, and eggs from Gruber Farms of Shippenville and lamb from Baytree Farm of Emlenton. This year, the Alcorns will also help host a Farm to Fork event in Titusville.

A popular concert series that began in November 2017 will continue to occur each Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Karma Coffee Company, with local music, the option to BYOB, and food available. The arts are represented throughout Karma Coffee Company on the walls, too, in which different artwork continues to be rotated in and out monthly.

With the move of lunch from Northside Eatery to Karma Coffee Company, also comes exciting upgrades and new plans going forward. The Alcorns will begin using an updated POS system, creating even more efficiency within the business, and a website will be created for Karma Coffee Company.

image1“Instead of two separate restaurants open on different days and at different times, there will now be one open seven days a week,” said the Alcorns. “We are consolidating the spaces, but in reality we are expanding our business to offer more diversity and offerings.”

We encourage you to check out Karma Coffee Company on Facebook and stop in for lunch once their new schedule begins (see hours below). The Alcorns will also continue to serve dinner at the Yellow Dog Lantern Restaurant, located at 218 Elm Street and open from 5 to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Alcorns don’t plan to stop with their current businesses; they have ideas for future projects to help the Venango Area move forward.


Karma Coffee Company Schedule:

Monday – Friday
: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Lunch served 11 to 2 – beginning 3/19; Coffee & pastries served all hours)

Thursday Evenings: 6 to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6; Concert from 7 to 9 p.m.; Menu available all hours)

Saturday & Sunday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Brunch, coffee & pastries served all hours)

VenangoWorks! November 2017 – Member and Community News

Your Chamber staff has once again published the monthly VenangoWorks! newsletter, filled with information you need to know about small business in Venango County.

In this November edition, you can read about the following and more:VenangoWorks! Newsletter November 2017 | Venango Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Upcoming PFEW breakfast planned
  • Members complete the Oil Creek 100
  • Route 8 highway survey
  • McDonald’s makeover

Regular features:

Click here to read the November 2017 VenangoWorks!

All past newsletters can be found at





“Our Town: Stories From Franklin” to Air Tonight

Tonight (Thursday, October 19) at 8 p.m., Our Town, a program of WQLN Public Media, will air on WQLN-TV 54.1 and live stream on

Our Town is a video scrapbook of the people, places, and happenings of the Franklin, PA, area, as seen through the eyes of residents. Video footage and photos have been collected by community members throughout the past few months. According to an article by The Derrick. & The News-Herald, twenty-four interviews were conducted and stories include events such as Applefest and Light Up Night, the Silver Cornet Band, DeBence Antique Music World and historical markers found throughout town.

Many other local towns have had Our Town productions in the past, including Oil City and Titusville.

To learn more and watch all Our Town videos, please visit

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